Welcome to Smart Luck News Blog

Welcome to Smart Luck News Blog

Lottery Expert Gail Howard was the pioneer of scientific lottery strategy in the USA, internationally recognized as the creator of the most successful lottery systems used in the world: Smart Luck.

SmartLuck, Inc. is excited to bring you our new Lottery Blog. We hope you will find it a fun and easy way to be the first to know about:

  • lotto game changes
  • high jackpots, lottery winner stories, and other lottery news
  • insider tips and free strategies for winning the lottery
  • update notices for our software and books
  • and more!

Iowa, Minnesota All or Nothing Game ENDED

The All or Nothing lotto game offered by the Minnesota Lottery and Iowa Lottery has ended as of Friday, June 30, 2017 in both states. The final drawing was June 30, 2017 at 8:45 p.m. Unfortunately, the Iowa and Minnesota multi-state All or Nothing lottery did not generate enough player interest to continue sales of the game. Winners have one year from the date of the drawing to claim prizes.

Game Change Stats

  • Lottery State: Iowa and Minnesota
  • Name of Game: All or Nothing
  • Game Format: 12/24
  • Change: Game Ended
  • Date Ended: June 30, 2017

Indiana Cash 5 – Game Change

Indiana Cash 5 changed number format this month to include 4 more numbers. The odds of winning Hoosier Cash5 are now one in 1,221,759. The jackpot now starts at $75,000 (up from $50,000 in the old format).

We have started a new game file for this game, which can be used with Advantage Gold and other Smart Luck lottery software. The old game file will no longer be updated. If you use favorites in Lottery Updater, you will need to select the new game file.

Game Change Stats

Update: Powerball High Jackpot $435 Million Won!

Update: For the Wednesday, February 22nd drawing, one winning ticket sold for $435M Powerball jackpot in Lafayette, Indiana. The winning numbers were 10-13-28-52-61 and Powerball 2. The jackpot drops back to $40 million for the drawing Saturday night.

Powerball has been on a rolling streak again.  The jackpot is currently estimated at $403 Million for the next drawing on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The lump-sum cash payout value of Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is estimated to be $243.9 million — the 12th-largest lottery prize in US history. The last Powerball jackpot to be won was last year on Nov 26, 2016, which also happened to be a $403 million jackpot. There have been 24 drawings with no jackpot winner since then.

The Winning Powerball Numbers

No one matched the six numbers drawn Saturday night, but the latest Powerball winning numbers were 3-7-9-31-33, and the Powerball, 20. If no one wins again, the jackpot will climb even more rapidly. It may even beat the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot from January 2016 that is the current Powerball (and all lottery) record.

Playing the Powerball Game Smarter

Powerball is not easy to win with odds of over one in 292 million, but the saying holds true that you can’t win unless you have a ticket! A jackpot near half a billion is worth spending a couple of bucks at least, but skip the Quick Picks. You can use Smart Luck strategy and wheeling to improve your odds of winning a Powerball prize. Try out our FREE how to win Powerball tips here. We even have several FREE wheels that can help you trap a better prize within your numbers.

How to Win a Powerball lotto jackpot

Powerball is offered in 44 States, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Players select five white numbers from (1 to 69) and one red ball (1 to 26) Tickets cost $2 each.

Kentucky Cashball 225 – Game Change

Kentucky Cash Ball has updated their original game which had been running since 2001. As of January 9th, the game is now called Kentucky Cashball 225, and has a new number format, a higher jackpot, and some other changes including the removal of the Kicker option.

We have started a new game file for this game, which can be used with Advantage Gold and other Smart Luck lottery software.

Game Change Stats

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EuroMillions Game Changes

In a rush to produce larger jackpots and more ways to win, EuroMillions is mixing things up. As of the drawing on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, EuroMillions now has new, updated rules, including a change to the number format.

An extra Lucky Star number has been added, making the game a 5/50 + 2/12. This worsens the jackpot odds of winning EuroMillions, which is now one in 139,838,160 (the previous odds were one in 116,531,800).

Consumers in the UK now have to pay £2.50 (€2.88/$3.24) for one line, up from the previous cost of £2. Other countries prices may vary, but the majority are the new price.

Game Change Stats

  • Lottery Countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
  • Name of Game: EuroMillions
  • Game Format: 5/50+2/12
  • Change: Increased Lucky Stars pool from 11 to 12 numbers
  • Date Changed: September 27, 2016
  • Download History: Download Lucky Stars Smart Luck .SLH game file
  • Free Lotto Tips: How to Win EuroMillions

Note about Smart Luck history file

Our software will still work the same for this game, but you will need to download the new history file for the lucky stars. Every time a game changes, we have to rename the history file to match the new number format. If you update with favorites in Lottery Updater, you’ll need to go into change your favorites to select the new file – eur0212.slh. The old file, eur0211.slh will no longer be updated. The new file still includes the old history for you to use until there are enough drawings with 12 numbers to work with. Then, we will lock the range of the game to start by default at the date of the current format beginning. You can change the range at any time yourself to include or exclude the past drawings. The main 5 numbers can still be found in the Euro Millions file, eur0550.slh which remains unchanged.

*NEW* Manual/Tutorial for Advantage Gold!

We are happy to announce that we have released our new PDF instruction manual and tutorial for the Advantage Gold lottery strategy software.

We hope this guide will help you learn more about the software and all it can do. Use the Pennsylvania Dead Lotto 6/40 history file to follow along with the examples in the manual.

Download the new Advantage Gold manual here!

Please let us know if you see any errors in the manual or if you think something should be explained further. We appreciate your feedback!

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TIP: Using Chart O History View Filters in Advantage Gold

Chart O doesn’t pick lotto numbers, so it’s one of the less well known ones in Advantage Gold, but it can offer a lot of flexibility. It’s helpful to be aware of your options, so we thought we would put a spotlight on this chart today.

We recently had a question about how to use Advantage Gold to show charts just for the daytime or nighttime drawings in Ireland Daily Million, which now draws twice daily. after years of holding only one drawing per day. There actually was not a way to do this until recently, because we didn’t have ballset/rotation turned on for this game since it wasn’t needed before the change in draw schedule.  However, we have added Day/Night ballsets to the file properties, so you will now see a D or N next to the morning or evening drawings in this game.

The same notation is used in many other twice daily games. Some games will also use numbers to specify the drawing, especially for games with more than 2 drawings in a day. For example, Texas All or Nothing uses 1-2-3-4 as the ballsets, for the 4 times of day that it draws.

Note about Ballset issues: If you use the old Advantage Plus, having ballsets turned on for a keno game will not display correctly because there will be too many fields. If you see this, turn off ballsets in the file properties (option 1, F3-Modify, key down to Ball Set Usage and press space bar until “Not Used” is showing, then F3 to Save). The only option for ballsets with keno is to upgrade to Advantage Gold.

How to set Advantage Gold to only use morning or night drawings

  • Go to Chart O in Advantage Gold by selecting it from the Pick Chart drop down box or pressing the ‘o‘ key (this is a letter, not the number 0).
  • Click the 8. Ballset/Rotation link.
  • Check the box next to D or N to show only day or night drawings.
  • Click the Apply button.
  • Click Done.
Advantage Gold: Chart O - History View Filters, showing filter #8 to limit to a specific rotation.

Advantage Gold: Chart O – History View Filters, showing filter #8 to limit to a specific rotation.

To remove the filter, go back into Chart O and press the Clear Filters button at the bottom, and then Done.

Other Filter Options

There are other options to filter history besides Ballset/Rotation. The most popular one is Day of the Week. Many people would like to view only Wednesday drawings, for example. It’s easy to do with this filter.

  • Day of the Week
  • Day of the Month
  • Months
  • Astro Periods
  • Specific Sums
  • Sum Range
  • Hits With

The numbers shown under an option are how many drawings would be used with this filter turned on. The total number is shown above the apply button after you select some options in a filter.

Once you have a filter selected, you will see a * next to the number of records at the bottom left of the screen – this means a filter has been applied.

You can try out all kinds of options to see which show the best trends for your game. And don’t forget, you can also change the game range easily.

Mega Millions $540 Million Jackpot Won

Latest News: Mega Millions $540 million jackpot was one on a single ticket in Indiana. The numbers from Friday’s drawing were 8, 19, 20, 55, and 73. The mega ball was 5. The winner will collect the third largest Mega Millions prize and 7th overall largest jackpot in U.S. history.

Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing, with numbers 29-46-53-64-73 and mega ball 10, failed to produce a jackpot winner. After more than 30 drawings without a grand prize won since the last winner in March, Mega Millions has climbed to an estimated $540 million jackpot for Friday July 8th. This is the 7th largest lottery jackpot in US history. It has a cash value of $357 million.

Is $540 Million Worth Playing Mega Millions Lotto Game?

Mega Millions tickets still cost just $1 each, half the price of a Powerball ticket, which definitely makes it affordable. Why not toss in a few bucks with a jackpot this high? Half a billion dollars, anyone? Yes, please! Sure, don’t get your hopes too high, but you have zero chance of winning if you don’t buy a ticket! The Mega Millions jackpot odds are still astronomical at one in 258,890,850, but your chances of winning any prize are just 1 in 14.7. And you can definitely improve those odds if you use Smart Luck strategies to pick your Mega Millions numbers and a wheel to guarantee you win a Mega Millions prize!

How to Win Mega Millions